Tom Hanks Swipes at Trump While Promoting His New Movie ‘Greyhound’

Actor Tom Hanks attends the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards

Actor Tom Hanks took a swipe at President Donald Trump while promoting his new movie Greyhound, bemoaning, while not naming specifics, Trump’s handling the coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview with Britain’s Guardian newspaper to promote his new movie Greyhound, Hanks said that Washington’s stance has left “nothing but question marks” about their official position and the steps people should be taking.

“There’s really only three things everyone needs to do: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands,” the Forrest Gump star said. “I know societally it’s been politicized, but I don’t get it, man. I don’t understand how anyone can put their foot down and say: ‘I don’t have to do my part.'”

Hanks plays U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ernest Krause who lead an Allied convoy during World War II’s legendary Battle of the Atlantic.

The 63-year-old also attacked Trump, while not mentioning Trump by name, over his handling of the crisis after the interviewer suggested that Trump was not now following the CDC guidelines himself. “Well, I must say, I grew up looking to our leaders for calm and informed guidance and I don’t think we’ve got that,” Hanks said.

The Toy Story 4 and Sully star also discussed his own experience with the coronavirus, after both he and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the disease that has turned large parts of the world upside down. Hanks said he’s “fine” now, and that the “discomfort from the virus was pretty much done in two weeks.”

 “My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did. I just had crippling body aches, I was very fatigued all the time and I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes,” he explained. “That last bit is kinda like my natural state anyway.”

Despite his seemingly manageable experience with the coronavirus, Hanks decried “shame” on people at a press conference last week on individuals who refuse to wear a mask.

“Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things — I just think shame on you,” Hanks said in reference to personal hygiene, mask-wearing, and social distancing. “Don’t be a pussy, get on with it, do your part. It’s very basic. If you’re driving a car, you don’t go too fast, you use your turn signal and you avoid hitting pedestrians. My Lord, it’s common sense.”

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